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Old 09-19-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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U2's Last Album?

Could HTDAAB be U2's final album? I remember Bono saying once that he didn't want to rock into his 50s and 60s like the Rolling Stones, and U2 is definitely not getting any younger. If this is indeed U2's best album (or one of its best), maybe they plan on going out on a high note. But then again, maybe they'll stick around and put out more albums into their grandfathering years. If that's the case:

Do you want them to?

I'm unsure about my feelings on this subject. On one hand, I love U2's music and new U2 music every four years would be great. But on the other hand, I hate seeing my idols grow old. (It's been depressing watching Harrison Ford over the last 7 or so years...he has really aged horribly since 1997) The selfish part of me wouldn't mind U2 playing until they die, but another part of me kind of wants U2 to go out with a bang, while they're still on top, and be remembered that way, instead of 65 year old rockers trying to recapture their youth ala Mick Jagger. Also, I'm afraid of Bono's voice might sound like 4 years from now, let alone 8. Some of the songs on POP and ATYCLB freaked me out, big time. Hearing Bono's voice, which was once so soaring and majestic, crack and fade away...well it's honestly one of the saddest/most depressing things ever. I am thankful for what Bono has given me over the last 20 years, but listening to Bono singing is somewhat akin to watching an elderly sprinter try and run as fast as he did when he was 20.

Where the heck am I going with this? I've no idea. In an ideal world, would you make this album U2's last?


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no, they will probably have one more in this decade and then a best of, i think after that who knows?

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Well, maybe some people think it should be their last album and others think it shouldn't be.
I hope it's not thier last album cause this one is the first I get to celebrate the release of, and to make it the last kinda breaks my heart I don't like thinkin about this...
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Old 09-19-2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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Actually, if you recall reading the brilliant interview by our wonderful staff here at Interference with U2 (Read it NOW if you haven't!), there is mention of another Best Of collection for 2000-2010. I am not sure of the tone of seriousness this part of the interview had, but personally, it comes off as a good sign of things to come. There was mention of Elevation and Walk On finding a good home on another "hits" collection. I would like to believe that U2 have an album or two to make before 2010.
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scary thoughts!!!!! though i also believe that they'll probably come out with another studio album and best of at least......
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Old 09-19-2004, 12:38 PM   #6
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To quote the interview: "That’s why the last LP was the crucial one, it sets us up for this one and another."

It seems to make sense that there would be another. The interview goes on to talk about a Best Of 2000-2010, which would really need one more album's worth of material. Furthermore, they'll have plenty of time after this upcoming tour to put out another album and have one final tour just as they turn 50.

This to me sounds like the logical plan, and seems to jive with what the interview says. Plus, they really don't seem ready for this to be the end quite yet
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Personally, i do not think this will be their last album, i think it might be their best , but certainly not their last. bono did say , himself, that the band plans on continueing making music at least the rest of the decade...if the music is still good, which i don't really think will be a problem.

But, as to how long they WILL go on...who really knows, but this is my idea.

i don't think they would go on rocking into their 60s like the stones (GOd the stones piss me off these days) because that jsut wouldn't suit them. U2 has always been a band that changes with the times and with themselves. In another 10 or 20 years i picture them still making albums, but maybe much more mellow, acoustic albums or something like that. I mean, just look at the development and grow they've gone through THESE past 25 years, starting with Boy and now electricl Storm and Atomic Bomb. It's certainly a much more mature band. So in anohter 15 years i think they will be making music that 50-something year old musicians should be making..but then again, who knows.
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Another interesting tidbit from the interview is this: "There will come a time when you won't see U2 that much. We would record less. I don't think that’s in the near future, though. We still have plenty to accomplish."

That seems to suggest that they may still record in a limited manner even after the album after HTDAAB.
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it all depends on how the album is recieved and how the tour goes.

to speculate right now is pointless. start this thread a year from now and then we can discuss.
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they can release this album, tour for a year, go back, record for 3-4 years, release another album, tour again... and bono will just be turning 50...

yes... they're putting out another album. when you start at 17 years old, certainly helps your longevity.
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it's not their last album.you have my word on it.they will record at least 5 more albums.
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As long as HTDAAB does well, there will be another two albums and a Best Of. You can bet on it.
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Originally posted by Numbology
it's not their last album.you have my word on it.they will record at least 5 more albums.
God i hope so!
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Old 09-19-2004, 02:08 PM   #15
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I really like what they did with Zooropa. Achtung (and the tour) was so successful and so inspiring that they had the freedom to - mid tour and 'out of cycle' - just put the noises in their head down and release it, with little regard for how it would come across commercially. In the immediate future I hope 'Atomic Bomb' is similar to Achtung in that regard. Gives them that much space that they can do something like that again (my favourite U2 is the U2 that has no regard for commercial success and just pushes their creativity). Then once the Atomic cycle is finished they can settle in to the next major LP, which I guess will be about 2007.
Anything other than that, well who's to say where the wind will take you, right?

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